Bayern Munich returned home to a subdued reception Monday after winning the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon the night before.
The club had already warned fans to stay away from Munich airport to avoid the risk of coronavirus transmissions, and said the players and team staff would be whisked away so there would be little chance of fans getting a glimpse of them.
In the absence of ecstatic crowds, Bavarian state governor Markus SÃ¶der greeted coach Hansi Flick and his team on the tarmac after they got off their aircraft.
It was Bayernâ€™s sixth European Cup after titles in 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 and 2013, and their 1-0 win over the French Champions was met with excitement by fans online, who lauded Alphonso Davies and Thiago Alcantara, among the many excellent performers of the game.
The team has just under three weeks to recover before the new season begins with a German Cup first-round game against fifth-tier side FC DÃ¼ren on Sept. 11. The Bundesliga resumes on Sept. 18 with a home game against Schalke.